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Transition towards an EU sustainable food system involves many challenges


Making the EU’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but requires not only a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge, but also seizing current opportunities for change, according to ‘Food in a green light’, a joint report by EEA and PBL published today.

Greenhouse gas emission levels continued to rise in 2016


In 2016, total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued to increase, by about 0.5%, reaching 49.3 gigatonnes in CO2 equivalent. This was mainly due to the rise in non-CO2 emission levels, estimated at around 1%. With a share of about 28%, non-CO2 emissions form a significant share of global GHG emissions.

LWE Nexus challenges gain from integrated policy approaches


The analysis, which combines PBL’s IMAGE and OECD’s ENV-Linkages models, contains a set of scenarios on the bottlenecks in the supply of water, land and energy. To alleviate negative effects and create synergies, efficient management of the nexus resources should take into account any direct and indirect effects of resource bottlenecks within the biophysical and economic systems.


PBL academy lecture by Manish Bapna (WRI)

According to Manish Bapna (Managing Director World Resources Institute) pitting economic growth against a low-carbon economy and sustainable development is a false dilemma, as they can be achieved together. Read the summary of the PBL Academy lecture he held on May 30.

Opportunities for a circular economy

Countries in Europe can profit from a circular economy. This 1-page website covers all aspects of a circular economy, showing that it involves much more than merely recycling materials.

One-pager on global CO2

Are global CO2 emissions still rising? PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency presents the latest facts and figures.

Cities in Europe and the Netherlands

Cities are expected to play a key role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, green and inclusive growth. Cities and urban areas in Europe presented in 25 infographics.

Biodiversity: further decline or bending the trend?

What is happening to life on earth? What are the pressures affecting biological diversity globally, and what can be done to stop its decline? This animated film brings you to the year 2050. The choices that we as a society make today will determine what the world will look like decades from now.